By Jonty Banks

22nd Dec, 2022 | 6:10pm

Phil Hay shares what Jesse Marsch has said about January as Leeds United transfer news drops

Jesse Marsch has revealed Leeds United will be active in the January transfer window but believes it can be a “lightning rod” if focussed on too heavily, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.

The Whites return to Premier League action when hosting Manchester City at Elland Road (December 28), but have one eye on the upcoming winter window as an opportunity to strengthen their squad in key areas.

A centre-forward and a left-back are the two significant weaknesses in Marsch’s squad, with Patrick Bamford’s constant run of injuries leaving Marsch short-staffed in attack and Pascal Struijk having to fill in at left-back due to a lack of alternatives.

Journalist Hay revealed that Marsch admitted his plans to bring in fresh faces in January during his press conference on Thursday (22 December) but stated he didn’t want to divulge any specifics.

As reported by Hay on Twitter, the American said: “Here’s how I want to deal with this transfer window. Obviously we’re being active but I want to avoid from talking about it because it becomes a lightning rod. I need to keep our attention squarely on our group and our progress.”

Pivotal festive period

Marsch is right to let his team do they’re talking on the pitch instead of off it, and not elaborating on any potential transfers will let him focus on their extremely tough upcoming test against Manchester City.

Although they come into the match as huge underdogs, they have proven they can compete with top-six sides so far this season – claiming three points against both Chelsea and Liverpool and running Arsenal extremely close before the World Cup break.

Following this tricky match, Marsch will be looking at a favourable run of fixtures and thinking he needs to pick up points and fast.

Matches against Newcastle, West Ham, Aston Villa and Brentford in the New Year represent a real opportunity to climb the Premier League table and push themselves away from the relegation zone.

In January, an out-and-out centre forward is clearly necessary, with Bamford no longer a trusted lieutenant due to the horrid number of injuries he has picked up over the past 18 months.

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